Minister in vow to protect jobs
Social Development Minister Alex Attwood has pledged to protect jobs in Northern Ireland.
He said normal staff turnover and proposed additional resources would prevent redundancies at his department and agencies.
Mr Attwood is to outline details of his draft budget to his Stormont scrutiny committee.
"Although it is clear that the proposed budget settlement presents many challenges for the department and organisations we support, I believe that the proposed settlement should not lead to staff redundancies in the department, the Social Security Agency and the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Division," he said.
"The proposed additional resources detailed in the draft will create posts and any necessary staff adjustments can be handled by normal turnover."